Art Gallery Showcase

A few weeks back at ‘The Barn’ (the mission center I work at) we had an Art Show, and I really wanted to take some time and highlight for you some of my favorite pieces. Most of the art that night was created and put on display by high school students, and it was all so good, I figured, “Why not blog about some of my favorites?” (FYI: I’m making up names for them cause no one told me what they were called). So here it goes:

1. The Fish/Sea Monster by Justin Schmidt

Honestly, I’m not sure what this is, but from the moment I first saw it I exclaimed, “This is my favorite piece of art from the night!” I just love it! Justin is only in 7th grade (if I recall correctly), and his piece of art reminded me so much of things I used to make in junior high, but way better. Whenever I had to make something out of clay I always used to try and make a sea monster, and so this reminded me of my childhood, and I loved it, plus i thought it was really well done. (P.S. I think the tongue is very life like).

2. Illumination by Matt Dowling

My cousin/neighbor Matt drew this sketch just for the Art Show and I am constantly amazed by his skills. He is legally blind, and yet can draw a bazillion times better than myself. God has gifted him so much not only in art, but also with music (he is a phenomenal drummer) and fixing mechanical things. (He is also an avid skateboarder). Matt told me that he didn’t really know what to draw so he just drew this, but I love this sketch so much because of its organic nature of creation. It reminds me of all the things we miss in life. I call it ‘Illumination’ because to me I see all that is beautiful entering into the heart of this man, and spreading throughout his whole being. That is the kind of person I want to be: an illuminated man. I don’t want to miss a thing. This sketch is such a great reminder of how to live.

3. The Journey Home by Jeremy Tapia

Jeremy Tapia is probably one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met, and I’m not exaggerating. He makes me laugh every time I see him. Either he is trying to ask me questions in spanish, handing me a random object in the hallway, or begging for a high five. When he walks he walks like Charlie Chaplin, and he is a very gifted individual. I first discovered this in a story he read to me at a retreat back in March (you can read it in an old post: https://thestorymovement.com/2012/03/22/i-am-a-priest) he wrote this story when he was 9 years old, and I was amazed. Then a few weeks later at youth group he showed me his art portfolio, and I was totally blown away. Of all his works this was on of my favorites. When I look at this painting the phrase ‘The Journey Home’ comes into my head because every time I see a ship sailing into the sunset I think of someone who is traveling home to be reunited with the one’s they love. Home is one of my favorite places to be. Its beautiful to be together with those we love, and this painting just enhanced that desire within me.

4. Pocket Knife by Noah Barnes

Noah Barnes is an aspiring cartoonist. He has told me that that is his big dream, and he is growing into quite the artist. I thought all he drew was cartoon characters, but then I saw his still life sketches and amazed by their complex simplicity. This one was my favorite, it reminds me of a pocket knife from ‘Rescuers Down Under’ for some reason. I love the shading, and how it brings life to this grayscale sketch. He had a lot of other pictures that I’ve included in the gallery below. I can’t wait to see all the places that Noah ends up one day with his art. He has such a heartfelt talent, and I just know he’ll find a way to keep this passion for art alive.

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Well I hope that you enjoyed these pieces of art, below are some of the other pictures from the night:

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About Jeremiah Dowling

I write poetry and take crazy pictures in an Orange Chair all over the United States while reading amazing books.

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